Methane is a carbon compound, consisting of one Carbon atom, connected to four Hydrogens. It will combust, producing CarbonDioxide and Water.

Methane is widely used as a Fuel. It's the main constituent of NaturalGas, although in practice this has quite a lot of other things in, mostly longer chain gases (ethane and so on).

Methane has one big advantage over Hydrogen as a Fuel which is that it has a higher energy density: for a litre of Methane you will get a lot more Energy out. This makes it cheaper to transport. This also makes is much more suitable for uses where volume is a real issue, most obviously for powering vehicles.

Updated: 06-05-08
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